I dreaded telling my husband that one of our precious kitties chewed the power cord for the computer modem … in half. We needed the quickest and least expensive fix for this problem, since he sometimes works from home in the evenings. The power cord is the most recent thing they’re destroyed, the list is growing! I was emotionally torn, angry enough this time to consider finding them new homes, yet grieving at the thought of letting my kitties go.
We decided to let emotions settle before doing anything rash and grabbed the YP to find help I chose a listing, called ahead and jumped in the car. Still upset, angry, irritated and torn. Definitely not feeling the love!
The Garmin took me to a plain building two blocks off Main Street. The sign outside said it was a repair shop, but inside it was half floral / half TV repair. Within seconds every bit of my anger, irritation and upset had disappeared. Within minutes I was fast friends with one of the loveliest, Godliest, most authentic ladies you’d ever want to meet.
You’ve had that experience before, met someone for the first time, instantly liked them and felt like you’ve known them forever? That’s how it was. We talked about faith, finances, weddings, kids, personal struggles, flowers, the Bible, the challenges of interracial couples, churches, sin, leadership, ministry, business, God’s faithfulness, you name it. I spent over an hour and a half chatting comfortably beside her as she prepared flowers for an upcoming wedding, all the while fielding orders by phone and walk-in customers with ease.
What’s remarkable about this story isn’t my new-found friendship, but how this lady touched the life of every vendor and customer with a grace that can come only from one source. I was there only an hour and a half, can you imagine how much she pours into people in a day, or a week? This lady is an example of a modern-day missionary, a living inspiration. She is my “God moment” for the week.
In case you wondered, her husband’s TV repair shop shares the space with her floral shop, he had the cord fixed 15 minutues into our visit and charged me all of $ 5.00. I’m feeling doubly blessed today.